We woke up this morning to this. Granted, not that bad yet, but there's definitely a thin coating of pollen on the vehicles. The bad part is that it also got damp overnight, so the pollen is stuck quite firmly. Awesome. This is early. About two weeks early, so I'm fearing we're going to have a pretty horrendous spring.
The Bradford Pears are also losing their flowers, and yesterday it was snowing white petals everywhere. It literally looked like a blizzard. The maple tree has leaf buds, and so do all of our flowering shrubs. The azaleas look like they'll be blooming in about 2 weeks. We've had an abnormally warm winter, and there have even been bees out there all winter. Bees. We had bees in January.
My sage plant that I trimmed down is actually putting out leaves already, and I estimate it'll be full sized in about a month. The Parsley from Another Planet never died this year at all. It seriously looks like the drought isn't affecting the herbs, which makes sense when you consider that herbs are simply weeds that we plant on purpose.
I need to rake the leaves out of the garden sometime in the next week. I also need to transplant my giant lavender, rosemary, and wormwood plants into the back circle garden that we ended up with after we got rid of our above ground pool. I'm not certain when to do that. I would assume the best time would be after rain, if we ever get any. I'm hoping desperately that the plants won't be harmed in the move. If we sell the Fuckingboat I told Rich that we'll be spending quite a bit of money on plants this year. The circle garden has a 15 ft diameter. It needs to be filled.
Last year the deer ate my caladium, and the bunnies ate my ornamental grass. I'm not sure what to do this year about that even though I planted a lilac tree in the center so as to deter deer. Apparently it wasn't big enough to work. Any good ideas for deterring deer would be welcome at this point, as the plants aren't cheap and having put all of that work into planting only to have them grazed down really pisses me off. I even put out corn for them last year and after they were done that they moved onto my plants. Awesome.
I might even ask Rich to watch Livvie tomorrow so I can get a start on things. I just need to get out there.
EDIT: While Livvie was napping today I managed to dig up all three herb bushes and get them transplanted in the back circle garden. I am filthy and have to wait for Livvie to wake up to shower. But I'm happy. :)